Video of Infantry Fighting near Bakhmut


This video has been floating around for a few days. It is worth watching. More 1916 than RMA. This is fighting outside of Bakhmut on the route into the town. There are pictures of people being shot in this video. 

A few observations:

  1. 0:44: One Ukranian soldier has been killed “Norman.”
  2. 1:08: Grenade attack?
  3. 1:30: first JRR Tolkien reference.
  4. 1:37: second JRR Tolkien reference.
  5. 1:56: grenade being thrown.
  6. 2:30: three clear targets
  7. 2:40: clip change
  8. 2:50: shooting continues
  9. 3:34: Another Tolkien reference.
  10. 3:38: Other people deployed
  11. I see that three Russians have been killed so far. Looks like all were done by one man, “Tikhey”
  12. 5:35: instructions to preserve ammo.
  13. 5:38: wounded Russian
  14. 6:24: Another clip change
  15. 6:31: incoming mortar fire
  16. 7:14: Two more Russians engaged.
  17. 7:44: It is claimed Russian is killed.
  18. 9:02: Close in mortar hit
  19. 10:10: One person is reported wounded.
  20. 10:26: “Normans” magazines have been used. 

These are the Da Vinci Wolves: Da Vinci Wolves | The “Right Sector” is a far-right Ukrainian nationalist organization (see: Right Sector – Wikipedia). They currently hold no seats in the Ukrainian parlament (the Rada). 

Other similar videos:

Ukrainian soldiers storm Russian trench in terrifying video of assault on Wagner in Bakhmut – YouTube

Ukrainian soldiers take Russian trench in terrifying POV footage from Bakhmut – YouTube

First video as annotated by The Telegraph: Ukrainian soldiers fight off Russians in battle for Bakhmut – ‘Orcs jumped into our trenches’ – YouTube

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Christopher A. Lawrence
Christopher A. Lawrence

Christopher A. Lawrence is a professional historian and military analyst. He is the Executive Director and President of The Dupuy Institute, an organization dedicated to scholarly research and objective analysis of historical data related to armed conflict and the resolution of armed conflict. The Dupuy Institute provides independent, historically-based analyses of lessons learned from modern military experience.
Mr. Lawrence was the program manager for the Ardennes Campaign Simulation Data Base, the Kursk Data Base, the Modern Insurgency Spread Sheets and for a number of other smaller combat data bases. He has participated in casualty estimation studies (including estimates for Bosnia and Iraq) and studies of air campaign modeling, enemy prisoner of war capture rates, medium weight armor, urban warfare, situational awareness, counterinsurgency and other subjects for the U.S. Army, the Defense Department, the Joint Staff and the U.S. Air Force. He has also directed a number of studies related to the military impact of banning antipersonnel mines for the Joint Staff, Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation.
His published works include papers and monographs for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation, in addition to over 40 articles written for limited-distribution newsletters and over 60 analytical reports prepared for the Defense Department. He is the author of Kursk: The Battle of Prokhorovka (Aberdeen Books, Sheridan, CO., 2015), America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam (Casemate Publishers, Philadelphia & Oxford, 2015), War by Numbers: Understanding Conventional Combat (Potomac Books, Lincoln, NE., 2017) , The Battle of Prokhorovka (Stackpole Books, Guilford, CT., 2019), The Battle for Kyiv (Frontline Books, Yorkshire, UK, 2023), Aces at Kursk (Air World, Yorkshire, UK, 2024), Hunting Falcon: The Story of WWI German Ace Hans-Joachim Buddecke (Air World, Yorkshire, UK, 2024) and The Siege of Mariupol (Frontline Books, Yorkshire, UK, 2024).
Mr. Lawrence lives in northern Virginia, near Washington, D.C., with his wife and son.

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